In my continuous quest for personal healing and wellness, one day I decided to give Ayurveda a try. Ayurveda, which means ‘Science of Life’, is a 5000 years old system of medicine that originated in India. This ancient system of natural healing offers time-tested practices and principles that can remedy almost any type of malady known to man. These practices, when applied correctly, can promote longevity and restore perfect health.
Today many people from around the globe travel to India to discover the amazing health benefits of ayurveda. Luckily for us we don’t need to buy an expensive plane ticket to India just to experience ayurveda. The Arogya Ayurveda Center in Makati brings us ayurveda at its finest.
Established in 2010, Arogya Ayurveda Center is one of most popular places to go to in the metro when seeking authentic ayurvedic treatments. Arogya offers traditional ayurvedic procedures with herbalized oils carefully selected based on individual body constitution. They also offer a detox program called Panchakarma.
According to Ayurveda, the foundation of health lies on the balance of three bodily humours or doshas namely vata, pitta, and kapha. When one or more doshas becomes out of balance, disease manifests as a result. While modern medicine focuses in treating the disease, ayurveda treats the human person holistically. Ayurveda views each person as having a unique mind-body constitution and therefore each person requires a personalized ayurvedic care and treatment.
On my first visit to Arogya I took a short diagnostic quiz to determine my dosha type. Although all three doshas are present in everyone, only one dosha is dominant. Identifying one’s dosha is essential in determining the most appropriate ayurvedic treatment for a client.
After taking the dosha quiz, I was led upstairs to the (un)dressing room where I was asked to remove all my clothes and put on a piece of undergarment that looks like a g-string. In keeping up with tradition, female clients are handled by female ayurvedic technicians only while male clients are exclusively handled by male ayurvedic technicians.
During my visit to Arogya I tried an ayurvedic massage called abhyanga. Abyhanga is a full body massage done by not one but two therapists in a synchronized way using large quantity of specifically herbal infused sesame oil for balancing the doshas. Some benefits of abhyanga includes inducing states of relaxation, normalizes blood pressure, helps liquefy toxins, and eliminates impurities. The process of abhyanga conjures images of ancient kings and queens being attended to by two or more servants who caress the skin and bathe their masters in luxurious amount of oils. I believe I had a glimpse of how royatlies were pampered in ancient times.
In addition to abhyanga, I also received an aschutan treatment for the eyes. Medicated ghee was applied on both eyes and kept for 10 minutes. This therapy has a cooling effect especially on irritated and stressed eyes and is said to improve overall eye health.
After my relaxing and rejuvenating abhyanga and aschutan treatments, I proceeded to the washroom to take a warm shower to rinse off any excess oil from my skin. I came out of the shower feeling radiant and glowing from the inside out and my skin feeling softer and silkier than before.
Apart from their services, Arogya also offers some ayurvedic products which one can incorporate in their daily lifestyle. I bought a soap and an oil-pulling blend which I adore completely.
Whether you are seeking for just pure relaxation or a serious health intervention, Arogya offers a wide-range of ayurvedic treatments to suit individual needs.
Arogya Ayurveda Center is located at 8398 Mayapis St., San Antonio Village, Makati City. They are open daily except Mondays. You can contact Arogya at (02) 403 4048 or (0906) 249 2463 . For more information, visit their website: http://www.arogya-manila.com.